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Imperial Stout - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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508 Reviews

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Reviews: 508
Hads: 838
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 56
Gots: 82 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-08-2006

23°P,75 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, roasted barley, oat, black, and chocolate malt; Columbus and Crystal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.
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Photo of KFBR392
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours pitch black. Dark brown head of about a finger. Highly above average active carbonation for a RIS.

Smell: Roasted malt, oats, and some smoke on the front. Potent barley body mixes well with some coffee tones. Sweeter tones poke their way through and add a lot to this aroma. The oats showcase themselves toward the back end and round this brew out well.

Taste: Creamy front of oats and toffee. Some mild chocolate bitterness begins then a massively roasted, chalky malt body takes over. Stifling the palate, any other tones are hard pressed to come through. Some chocolate bitterness picks up again toward the finish but this is a big roasted malt dominated taste.

Mouthfeel: Roasted palate punishing malt dries out the drinkers mouth. Carbonation is felt on the front end then is lost on the body.

Overall: I had very high hopes for this one after the aroma but the taste is over the top roasted, coffee tones. I wish the body of the brew was more like the front and finish.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is opaque and deep, dark brown with a thick, oily, beige collar. The aroma brings loads of malt and chocolate. Distinctly European in both aroma and flavor. Prominent dark fruits and rich chocolates. Low carbonation with a medium body, lighter than I expected given the appearance and abv. Overall, this is a solid beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.45/5  rDev +8%

Excellent rendition of a difficult style, which has become so popular in the U.S. With the exceptions of Founder's and Goose Island's Bourbon County line, this beats anything I have had from the U.S. in this style and would give the best British examples a run for their money. A bit expensive, at least where I live.

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3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. Tasting glass enjoyed @ BierCab (Barcelona). Pitch black headed by sticky & lasting crown, tan in color. Bitter cocoa, Bamberg malt, roasted barley aromas with herbal notes. Creamy upfront yields to herbal bitterness. Full body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Oily texture & velvet palate. Tannin touch & licorice candy notes in the middle. Warming alcohol, dried sensation & plum zest-like astringency linger into a long bitter finish. Cocoa hues on the aftertaste. Big beer !

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Photo of beholder_pl
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one both from bottle (on International Stout Day 2013) and from tap recently. While both were very good, I think the bottled one was better. Had more kick and was overall more intense than the tap version. Still, it's a very, very good beer and it has a lot to offer.

Aroma was of coffee and chocolate-cherry. Some alcohol in taste, but on a low level, however it was pretty warming. Also cherry and coffee notes were present. Almost full bodied, kinda low carbonation, but it'd be a lot better if almost flat. It amplified the alcohol taste giving somewhat sharp feeling.

Enjoyed from a snifter glass (bottled) and from Nøgne Ø shaker glass (tap).

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Photo of BierJager89
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as the night, with a dark brown head.

S: Huge caramel and toffee in the nose, some roasted malt and maybe a touch of coffee and dark fruit as well.

T/M: Coffee, toffee and caramel hit you the hardest upfront, with some nice roasted malt all the way through. Almost no hint of the 9% abv, not the absolute most impressive on that front. Pretty good overall. Quite a bit smoother as it warms up, and the roasted malt begins to overtake the other flavors a bit. Maybe some dark chocolate.

O: Definitely worth a try, but not nearly as good as Beer Geek Brunch, which is also brewed at Nøgne Ø (by Mikkeller). An excellent imperial stout.

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Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma has this beautiful punch of dark fruit notes. Some tart raspberries, raisins. Then that huge sweet chocolate and roasted malt.

The flavor follows with that big dark chocolate in the front, then some coffee and espresso notes. The finish hits again with that dark fruit note. A bit of tartness and then some dark fruit sweetness.

A round full mouthfeel with that interesting fruity ester. A really enjoyable large stout.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One more day of beer and football before the start of the week – cheers.

A: A shining black body with just a half-inch of head, dark brown and creamy with a slight reverse cascade. Retention is nothing more than a ring around the glass’s interior.

S: I love a nose with a lot of depth, and with this one, it feels like you could fall right into it. This beer is brimming with rich, fudgy aromas, like fresh-baked brownies, along with notes of butterscotch and peanut brittle. Solid roast notes on the back end, as well, though they’re in no way dominant.

T: The gooey chocolate of the nose is subdued in what turns out to be an unexpectedly bitter palate: flinty tonic water, licorice root, and chalky roasts fill out the palate upon first sip. Chocolate is still evident in the palate, though, this time as a dark bittersweet flavor blended in with the malt bill. As it begins to wind down, herbal hops – juniper, fresh-cut grass – and acidic coffee come out. Mild, smoky aftertaste, with a unique clove and red grape character at times.

M: Soft, slightly watery body with barely any carbonation. There’s some heat there, though, which gives the feel a bit more character.

O: Though there’s a disconnect between the nose and the palate, this is a delectably complex beer. It’s not what I anticipated at all, but that might be because I’m accustomed to the thick, liquid-chocolate stouts of the U.S.; at any rate, this is definitely one to try if you have a chance.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: Black as black gets. The brown head holds fast at a quarter inch. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Chocolate fudge sauce. Coffee roast. Espresso. Bitter dark chocolate. Char and woody roasted malts. Hints of raspberry and currant fruitiness. Touch of smoke. Green hop scents.

T: Char, smoke, and wood at the outset. Deep coffee roast and espresso flavors set in shortly after. Acidic. Tide of bitter dark chocolate. Heavy roast. A sweet vanilla bean character is apparent up front, but fades away. Currant and berry fruits. Spicy and oily hops clamp down toward the back, but they fight a losing battle against the heavy roasted malt character. Long lingering finish of bitter dark chocolate and espresso with a kiss of smoke.

M: Thick body. Mouth coating and weighty, but not oppressively so. It glides over the tongue in a slick but smooth sort of way. Low, lightly prickling carbonation.

O: A very impressive Imperial stout. Very well put together, it really does not have a weak point. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an update after aging this beer for a year. The new review is on top and the original is below. The new review and rating was done without looking at the old review until I was done. The scores from the original are the ones I've left as the official scores. I think aging it a year may have improved it, although it was already very good. More chocolate forward, and the tart aspect receded some.


Aged 1 year. Served just cool in a tulip

A - 4.5 - Pours like motor oil. Black with a finger of dark tan creamy dense head that persists for several minutes.

S - 4.5 - Something in the chocolate family but crossed with something else sweet and baked, like maybe dark chocolate brownies with a hint of caramel, but not quite that. More like if you crossed a dark malty loaf with a brownie. Maybe a little chocolate cakey. There are a few really nice dessert smells going on simultaneously. Maybe some chocolate liqueur. Smells fantastic.

T - 4.25 - Baker's chocolate mixed with cocoa powder mixed with dark chocolate mixed with some of that same malty chocolatey baked good from the nose. Some chocolate milk. Yet somehow not too sweet. And there's a slight bit of tartness in there. Just a touch. There's something else in there, almost a woody note, that counterbalances the chocolate. That's left behind in the aftertaste and exhale. In the aftertaste I find just a hint of that black malt char you get in a lot of imperials. Just a touch, artfully overlapping the dark chocolate. By the end of the bottle, that note is more dominant. This is 9% ABV but I detect none of it, not even any warm fumes wafting up my throat.

M - 4.5 - Lovely mouthfeel, pretty close to heavy bodied, but not quite to pudding level like say BCBS. Despite all the thick and sticky, there's a part at the end that just approaches dry, and leaves a little abrasion on the tongue.

O - 4.25 - If I could score between 4.25 and 4.5 in the overall category, I would. This is a seriously good imperial stout, and just a bit shy of some of the very best I've had, which I would rate 4.5 overall. It has a lot going on. That complexity is so well done and so welcome.



A - 4.5

S - 4.5 - Dark chocolatey/earthy, a faint hint of the slightly sour old beer smell of a well-used pub (in a good way), something fresh in there too

T - 4.25 - Somewhat sour (in a good way, like a lemon, but not with lemon flavor), slightly fruity in that high boozy way, faint hint of toasty roasty char. The bitterness and sourness come to a moderately tart point in the front of your mouth that is softened by some toastyness. Nothing too acute here, but assertive enough to give you a nice effect, like a mild lemon might. The dregs get very cocoa-y, which is nice. What I love about this beer is that it does what great dishes often do - it comes right up to the edge of an identifiable flavor and holds back just a bit, making you chase it. With both the citrus effect and the smoke it does this. They hide the 9% booze exceptionally well, so well that I'm not sure I believe the label here compared to last night's 7.5% Two Captains double IPA that gave me a perma-grin buzz.

Aftertaste - a mild amount of bitterness is left on the tongue but fades to a lower plateau where it just becomes a lingering crisp dryness. There's very mild smoke on the exhale.

M- 4.5 - Velvety smooth

O - 4.5 - This is pretty mild and very enjoyable. I call it a winner. It's to be drunk on your couch in your jammies with a blanket in cold weather. Chalk another one up for Nogne O. These guys know what they're doing.

EDIT: Had another one Feb 21, 2012 and what really impressed me was the perfume of this beer. So nice and so well composed and so much going on. Fresh, fruity, maybe even a little floral. Just so nice. Also, I normally savor good beers by themselves rather than with meals. With meals I like something simple and light that doesn't compete with flavors. But I had this beer with a roast chicken and sauteed potatoes and it went so well with those robust flavors. Just a great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml served in a tulip glass.

Bottled at 22.08.2013. Best before 22.08.2017. Batch # 1017B.

A: Pours a dark brown to oiled black color forming a solid, creamy, thin bubbled tan head. Medium to low retention and only few spotty lacings formed and left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top

S: Sweet and roasted upfront. Bit fruity too. Strong notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate and moka coffee. Delicious notes of dark fruits. Mainly plums. Notes of wood, brown bread and chocolate biscuits. End is a bit booze

T: Slightly sweet and roasted upfront. Notes of dark chocolate, chocolate malts, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, wood. In overall, a mild sweet taste and a great 75 IBUs bitterness. Bitterness is mainly made of roastiness. Some grassy hops can also be felt

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Bitter roasted malts aftertaste (for God's sake! )

O: Outstanding drinkability. Excellent Russian Imperial Stouts

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Photo of EdKing
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got excited about this the minute I smelt the open beer bottle. Pours black with a gorgeous big tan brown foamy white head which holds. Nose is sweet. Milk chocolate and dark chocolate syrup. Also some liquorice allsorts and some citrous hops. Taste is bloody gorgeous. Light fluffy liquid chocolate. Silky smooth and then a bit of roasted bitterness on the finish. Wooo baby that’s good.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark as you can get it really
full on black body with dark, dark brown hues and light brown huge thick bubbly head.

Big Smokey aroma full on turkish blend lungbusters and expresso to boot.

Coffee, cocoa and cigar smoke and what a great balance of sweetness to bitterness

Not as heavy going as you would think making it dangerously drinkable

This is rock solid stuff of such high quality and flavour that just makes drinking beer worthwhile

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Photo of Dope
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No bottling date but probably 2-3 years old.

A: Pitch-black pour with a surprisingly dark, brown head. Good density and retention to the head as well. No lacing at all, oddly enough.

S: Nice charry aroma. Smoke too, with just a hint of chocolate. Touch of umami, like burnt meat.

T: Good amount of char and smoke up front. Again, hints of umami, but very faint. Bittersweet chocolate in the finish with just a hint of that charry umami. A bit of dry metallic twang in the aftertaste along with the char.

M: Kinda thin for 9% oddly enough. Fairly smooth.

O: Decent RIS. Heavy on the char and smoke, not your typical chocolate/coffee concoction. Fairly dry too, most RISes are quite sweet. Definitely check this out if you're into the charry, smoky, umami-type RISes.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.27/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pitch black with a bunch of brown gunk at the bottom of the glass. Half finger dark brown head.

Aroma: Dark malt. Touch of alcohol. Dark fruits.

Taste: Pretty mundane RIS but has all the elements of the style. Dark roasty malt flavors of chocolate with black coffee bitterness. Some good hop bitterness that brings a lightness to the palate. Can't taste the 9% ABV but gives a little heat.

Mouthfeel: Just below full in body and a bit overcarbonated. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: The appearance of mucky yeast globs in the beer definitely made this one a challenge to enjoy. Would I drink it again? Maybe.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Never expected to find a beer from Norway sitting on the shelf, but there it was... and it was later sitting in my snifter at cellar temperature.

This RIS is basically opaque black, but with your standard tiny bit of brown transparency around the edges. A very small quarter-inch head of light brown foam.

It smells like sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and dark fruit.

That malty milk chocolate's in the taste too, with the perfect level of sweetness. A bit of dried figs in the flavor, and a nice, aftertaste of earthy, roasted coffee. The alcohol is concealed nicely.

It feels full-bodied and has ample carbonation. Feels creamy!

I can't read or pronounce the name of this RIS or the name of the brewery it came from, but there's nothing foreign of unusual about it's qualities. There isn't anything surprising or off-putting about it. It's just a solid imperial stout that does a good job with all the basic things imp stouts do.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Complete darkness, stunning lacing

SMELL: Burnt cherries, espresso, mellow booze, brownie batter, charcoal

TASTE: Super-smooth, full-ish body; char, underlying sweetness, herbal hop, warming alcohol, faint pomegranate seed, dark bread, burnt sugar, hazelnuts, dried grass, dry finish

Some sweetness, but the overall drying in the end is very welcome, not only when it comes to being drinkable but in that we are able to pick up the nuances quickly.

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Photo of BeerRefugee
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a finger of fine light brown head. Good retention; minimal lacing. Aroma is medium roast and dark malt--notes of bitter chocolate and coffee. Flavor is similar: mild bitterness and roast up front, fading into dark chocolate, coffee and mild alcohol in the finish. Soft carbonation, medium body, and smooth texture. Excellent beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. As spring seems tentative in its approach, I guess these heartier beers still have their place at this time. Ah, who am I kidding, I'd drink this in deepest, sweatiest August, if that's when it arrived here.

This beer pours a very solid black abyss, with only the slightest hints of basal cola 'highlights', and two fingers of thickly foamy, puff-chested light brown head, which leaves an undulating vista of mountain peak lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of dark roasted caramel malt, somewhat sour black orchard fruit, thin treacle, grainy coffee beans, vegetal earthy hops, and a touch of zingy warming alcohol. The taste is big chocolate caramel malt, mildly tart dark fruit - the usual suspect plum, prune, and dried cherries, a piffling smokiness, earthy cafe au lait, a subtle oat-borne nut character, dead leafy hops, and a very tame booze edginess.

The carbonation is fairly understated, nothing really tickling the throat here, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, smooth without constraint, and creamy to a certain degree. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, coffee, and caramel holding the fort, with some trickling hop and booze notes providing fodder for any hope of balance.

Another winner from this brewery that only seems to brew the beefiest of beer styles - not that there's anything wrong with that, given their obvious proficiency. Balanced, somewhat, i.e. not too sweet, and with an ABV that is most agreeably shy. What's not to like?

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date. Much appreciated, BlackBelt5112203

A- Pours a murky 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch brown head that retains a bit before soon degrading to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a nice-sized patch of surface foam. Resilient sheet of lacing has tiny speckles.

S- Strong scent of very dark roast brings notes of dark chocolate, molasses, raisin and caramel. The alcohol is quite apparent creating a bourbon-esque aroma.

T- A bit smoother than the smell would imply. The notes turn from dark chocolate to milk chocolate and the caramel is more pronounced. Yes, it's still quite roasty and a bit bitter but the sweetness is more of a key player in the taste. Booze is still around but doesn't spoil the party, just brings more of those hints of whiskey.

M- Quite creamy and slick with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- A very bold stout with high roast character and a smooth finish. Met my expectations.

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Photo of Gatch
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No date from what I can see.

A: Pitch black with a tall, fluffy, thick, medium brown head that leaves behind just a bit of lace and has a nice ring of foam.

S: Heavy roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, some chocolate and coffee. Everything you'd expect but with a nice sweetness and chocolaty aroma when given a good swirl.

T: Super balanced between roasty, charred malt and sweet, chocolaty, woody malt. A faint hop presence in the finish?

M: Incredibly smooth, sweet, and seriously delicious. Roasted malt flavor is spectacular.

O: Really let this beer warm up. Allows it to shine. Well-crafted and such a joy to drink.

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Photo of duracell
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL into a snifter. Batch 777, brewed on 20/02/12, best before 10/02/16.
A - Pitch black color with a thin ring of espresso color. Some thick lacing left on the glass.
S - Big espresso, dark chocolate, dark fruits (plums and raisins). Relatively sweet to the nose, no apparent alcohol.
T/M - Relatively sweet upfront with a fruity character followed by load of espresso flavors that dries out the mouth. Hop comes at the end with a balanced bitterness and some herbal character. Finishes really dry and lingers forever.
O - Good balance and nice complexity. Definitely coffee oriented but to style. Recommended!

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark mocha head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, coffee, toast, raisin, fig, licorice, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with big balance, strength, and complexity of dark roasted notes and light fruitiness. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, coffee, raisin, fig, light molasses, toast, licorice, oats, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, coffee, raisin, light molasses, toast, licorice, oats, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark roasted flavors and fruitiness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout. Great complexity and balance of very dark roasted malt flavors; and extremely smooth and easy to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 15.11.11 and bought at Ølbutikken.
Drank 24.09.12
Another hostel review.
Oh yeah, this looks like a big impy stout. I'm not getting any light even at the bottom curve. There is a nice large thick brown head. A nice almost full sheet of lace from where I'm not drinking from.
On the nose is a lovely roastiness like coffee with some chocolate and dark fruit and licorice undertones.
Coffee on the taste upfront and some dark fruit which gave way to dark chocolate and ends leathery and dry.
A big smooth and creamy mouthfeel on this. Just the right amount of carbonation for this beer. You can feel it moving gently on the tongue.
Thanks to Scandinavian beer prices I bet I paid more than I would have stateside, but my lovely state doesn't get this great breweries stuff. Had this in my backpack and had to crack it in Budapest after way too many lagers through east central Europe. Hit the spot.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a thick dark brown/black pour into a tulip, finger of tan head. smells of coffee mostly, dark roasted grains. subtle chocolate and coffee notes up front, nice roasted bitterness coming through in the middle of the palate, finishing with a nice dark coffee roast flavor. medium (borderline full) body with a slight hint of carbonation.. feels a bit watery for an imperial stout.

honestly, i had way higher hopes for this one. it was really a sub-par imperial stout, and coming from this brewer, it's hard to believe they'd be ok with this. now don't get me wrong, it wasn't terrible or anywhere near that. i just get the feeling that nogne o is a very prestigious brand of beer and expected a prestigious imperial stout, whereas this was just "pretty good".

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Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
92 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.